As part of my world trip I'm planning to visit Hawaii in August and, as ever, would really rather like any tips and assistance you guys would care to share!
My inbound flight arrives in Kona at 20:00 on 19th August and my outbound (to Sydney) leaves Honolulu at 10:50 on 27th August. I have yet to book the flights between the Islands but I was thinking of doing something like this:
Tuesday 19th August Flight: Los Angeles - Kona
Wednesday 20th August Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park
Thursday 21st August Hawaii
Friday 22nd August Flight: Kona - Kahului
Saturday 23rd August Haleakala National Park
Sunday 24th August Flight: Kahului - Honolulu
Monday 25th August Honolulu
Tuesday 26th August USS Arizona Memorial
Wednesday 27th August Flight: Honolulu - Sydney - Perth
I know little of Hawaii but I want to see the two National Parks as well as the USS Arizona Memorial for sure. I've been reading cool's excellent Hawaii blog which has really set the scene for me but I am, like cool herself, struggling a little with preparing for the trip. I'd love to hear your suggestions!
Do you think the flights that I am planning are well timed? I'm not one for sitting on a beach and would rather spend time seeing national parks and other scenery. Would I be best off spending a couple of days in each national park instead of exploring each island? Are there any absolute 'must-see destinations?
What is the deal with car rental and accomodation? Is it horribly expensive to rent a car? Do I need to prebook accomodation or is it safe to roll up and find something on the day?
Thanks once again!